Year 6

Year 6 – Summer Term

Well, here we are. It is hard to believe that we are ow in your final term of primary school. What a year it has been so far! Now is our chance to take those steps towards transition and give you the opportunity to say a fond farewell to Burghfield St. Mary’s as well as looking forward to your secondary school journeys.
We now have the opportunity to enjoy and celebrate the rest of the year, ensuring that we meet those year six expectations for learning as well as taking the opportunities to enjoy our time together.
Here are some reminders ……

Reading comprehension – Each week a comprehension from your fiction book will be sent home to complete.  We will then discuss the answers in class and try to find patterns in the way we answer the questions.

Maths – Keep using your Maths book to consolidate the work we are doing in class, or get a head start on the next week. (Timetable attached and on our website.)

Grammar – Use to consolidate the grammar vocabulary we are learning and to familiarise yourself with the type of questions in the SATs.  (Timetable attached and on our website.)

Spelling – Keep revising and learning both your year 3/4 spelling list and your year 5/6 spelling list as well as aiming for an improvement of three words each week in our Monday tests.

Please give yourself short, dedicated time for school work and additional time to relax and have fun! You need to continue to look after yourselves and give yourself time to enjoy your hobbies as well as family time. This is your last year at primary school and we want you to be as relaxed as you can be. In school, you all have the right to stay safe and to learn and we are always here to talk to. Remember, use the post it note box or talk to us if you have any suggestions, news or worries and we can help reassure you.  YOU are important to us!

Let’s do this – team year six!

Mrs Field, Mrs Warkup and Mrs Riggs.

Year 6 Preview Learning:  Week commencing 14 June 2021

This week in English, we will be continuing to look at personification within poems and writing our own poems based on a range of successful models. One of our chosen poems which we will be using as inspiration is ‘Budapest.’ We will be discussing how the pen has a mind of its own, scrawling across the page and spewing forth scribbled animals.

It scribbles, page after page, the passage of time denoted by a change of arm from green sweater to plaid shirt.

The pen also acquires a mind of its own, requiring a little firm handling. Insects crawl from the nib, a bird drinks from the puddled ink.

We will be collecting ideas about what else could arise from the pen and using these ideas to personify the object in a sentence e.g. ‘My pen moves along the page like the snout of some strange animal.’ You can view this poem on the link below:

This week, in spelling, we are continuing to look at synonyms and antonyms. A synonym is a word that has the same (or nearly the same) meaning as another word. An antonym is a word that has the opposite meaning to another word. We will be focussing on synonyms for ‘large’ and ‘small.’ This week’s spelling are:

  • immense
  • vast
  • gigantic
  • gargantuan
  • mammoth
  • miniature
  • miniscule
  • insignificant
  • microscopic
  • petite

Can you use a thesaurus to find any other synonyms for large or small? Which words could also be antonyms?


In grammar, we will be continuing revising the grammar terminology covered at key stage two. There is a list and explanation of the grammar terms that you need to know in key stage two on the following weblink:

You can also consolidate your learning using the following BBC Bitesize link:


Please login to and complete KS2 SATs grammar test I.


The comprehension text for this week will be from our year 6 poetry comprehension book. The text this week is ‘The Clans.’    Please complete the word meaning, summary and language question from pages 24-25 in your poetry workbook. We will then discuss the answers in class next Wednesday.

In Maths this week, we will be consolidating various objectives from the year six maths curriculum, with a focus on multiplying. We will be reminding ourselves of the place value involved in multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000. When you multiply by 10 all the digits move one place to the left E.g. 21 × 10 = 210.

The tens digit moves to the hundreds. The ones digit increases in value to become a ten. Why is there now a zero in the ones column? You need to include a zero to represent the fact that now the other digits have increased in value.

There are now no ones. If you didn’t include the zero in the ones, the number would still look like twenty-one, not two hundred and ten. When you multiply by 100 move all the digits two places to the left. 21 × 100 = 2100. When you multiply by 1000, the digits move three places to the left. 21 x 1000 = 21,000.

There is a quiz and a video to reinforce this learning on BBC Bitesize:

We will also be using the formal written method for long multiplication (including with decimals.) Again, there is a helpful quiz and video on BBC Bitesize:


Please revise the following examples in your Maths workbook: multiplication – pages 11-13.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs Field, Mrs Warkup and Mrs Riggs.



 Click here to see what we did in previous weeks


What have we been up to ?


Congratulations to the amazing year six children for raising a fabulous £85.50 for Comic Relief as well as providing the local food bank with some much-needed cereal. We are so proud of your efforts!


Children in Need 2020


We made Egyptian style clay tiles